December 4, 2012
Changing of the guard
AUBURN -- Gus Malzahn has held many interviews inside the Rane Room, a cavernous hall where Heisman Trophies and a national championship trophy reside, but the one that took place Tuesday night may be the most meaningful.
The former Auburn apprentice now is the master.
Malzahn formally was introduced as the Tigers' new football coach Tuesday night before a standing-room-only crowd. He spoke first about producing players that demonstrate character and always represent the university in a positive light.
Then he described his plan to win on the field.
"We will have a fast-paced offense. I believe, in this day and time, it is a great advantage. We will run the football -- and that will be our staple. We will have a defense that is attacking. You have to have a multiple defense. We will be attacking in all areas. It will be fun for our fans. My goal is get this thing turned around and play championship football like Auburn expects."
Malzahn spent three seasons as the Tigers' offensive coordinator beginning in 2009, installing a hybrid offense that blended elements of mis-direction running along with high-percentage passing. It reached its peak in 2010 as quarterback Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy by guiding an attack that averaged 41 points per game.
Auburn simply was unstoppable at times.
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